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holding company

noun, Finance.
1.
a company that controls other companies through stock ownership but that usually does not engage directly in their productive operations (distinguished from parent company).
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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Examples from the web for holding company
  • Any bank holding company of size is in the acquisition mode, not the selling mode.
  • Formation of a mutual holding company by a mutual savings bank.
British Dictionary definitions for holding company

holding company

noun
1.
a company with controlling shareholdings in one or more other companies
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holding company in Culture

holding company definition


A company that controls other companies.

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